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Speaking Justice to Power

Ethical and Methodological Challenges for Evaluators, 1st Edition

Edited by Kim Forss


316 pages

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Efficiency, economy, and equity are policy goals pursued by governments around the world, but analysts and evaluators have devoted more effort to measuring and evaluating the first two. In Speaking Justice to Power, contributors examine the concept of equity, the role it plays, and its application in policy evaluation.

Here some of the most valuable thinkers in the area of policy studies address key questions: How should evaluators develop criteria for measuring equity as they analyze both program and policy implementation as well as their impacts? What distinctions among people should be taken into account when measuring and valuing impacts? What sorts of data should be used to analyze processes and impacts in different settings? How might such data be validated?

The contributors employ grounded-theory thinking as they translate key ethical principles into their work and draw important lessons from their experiences. The work discusses equity in interventions addressing a variety of social and environmental problems. This volume continues the fine tradition of Transaction's Comparative Policy Evaluation series.

Table of Contents

Kathryn Newcomer

1. Introduction
Kim Forss and Mita Marra

Part I: Equity in Theory: Implications for Evaluation

2. Thinking about Equity: From Philosophy to Social Science
Mita Marra and Kim Forss
3. How Much Equity Do We Need? A Decision-Making Tool Reconciling Utilitarian and Rawlsian Approaches to Collective Effi ciency
Barbara Befani
4. Inequality, Institutions, and Change—The Case of Senegal
Jens Andersson

Part II: Equity in Evaluation Approaches: Challenges for Evaluators

5. Renewing Democratic Evaluation—The Case of a Progressive Evaluation Model
Robert Picciotto
6. Beyond Feminist and Gender-Based Approaches: Evaluating Cooperation between Men and Women for Gender Equity
Mita Marra
7. Equity versus (Gender) Equality: Complexities and Implications in Programming, Monitoring, and Evaluation
Lydia Ruprecht and Sara Callegari
8. Using Th eories of Reach to Enhance Equity Considerations in Evaluation
John Mayne
9. Achieving Equality at Scale through System Transformation: Evaluating System Change
Tom Ling
10. Monitoring Equity and the Evaluation of Equity Monitoring Systems
Peter Wilkins

Part III: Equity in Program Evaluation: Lessons Learnt

11. Supporting Vulnerable Communities to Adapt to Climate Change: Defi ning Vulnerability and Evaluating Outcomes
Alison Pollard
12. Evaluations of the Impact of Fair Trade on Development: Th e Case of Coffee
Steve Jacob
13. Impact for Whom? Analyzing and Valuing the Distribution of Benefi ts from Sexual and Reproductive Health Interventions
Kim Forss
14. Evaluating Equity within a Heterogeneous Group: The Challenges Faced by Child Rights Programming and Their Evaluation
Ananda S. Millard
15. Getting Good Data to Evaluate Employment Equity Initiatives: An Example from Canada
Maria Barrados
16. Equity-Oriented Interventions and Defining the Populations of Aboriginal Peoples and National Minorities: Experiences from Sweden, Canada, and Australia
Maria Barrados, Kim Forss, and Peter Wilkins



About the Series

Comparative Policy Evaluation

The Comparative Policy Evaluation series is an interdisciplinary and internationally focused set of books that embodies within it a strong emphasis on comparative analyses of governance issues—drawing from all continents and many different nation states.  The lens through which these policy initiatives are viewed and reviewed is that of evaluation.  These evaluation assessments are done mainly from the perspectives of sociology, anthropology, economics, policy science, auditing, law, and human rights. Thebooks also provide a strong longitudinal perspective on the evolution of the policy issues being analyzed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration